Men’s track team breaks records at meet

By Grace Karber

The Track and Cross-Country teams have enjoyed a successful start to this year’s season, on and off the track.

Two runners already have broken school records.

Freshman Arya Bahreini broke the men’s record in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:44 at the team’s recent meet in Joplin, Mo.

Freshman Hunter Swink also broke the men’s record for the 800-meter with a time of 1:29.

Coach Conor Holt said he thinks the two will break the records again soon.

The teams run daily and participate in strength training sessions.

Despite their demanding practice schedule, senior Nick Bonfiglio said keeping up with school and practice is not as hard as it looks.

“The balance between school and running is very easy,” Bonfiglio said. “You just have to learn to manage your time and set aside time to do homework and study.”

In addition to record-breaking performances, the teams have also maintained high academic standards.

The women’s team has an average GPA of a 3.6, and the men’s team has a 3.7 average, all while practicing and running in meets.

Holt said he enjoys coaching his team of talented student-athletes.

“The team is very close-knit, and there is always a positive atmosphere when I am around them,” Holt said.

The teams’ next meet will be next week in Norman.

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